Founding Partner, DINAMO CONSULTING
Middle East Director, UNIVERSUM
Kuran has a BA in English Language & Literature at Hacettepe University and an Executive MBA degree at Sabancı University. She co-founded Dinamo
Consulting in 2006 and has been working on generational studies and employer branding ever since.
Kuran has worked with many local and global employer brands in various industries such as finance, energy, FMCG, pharmaceuticals, education, automotive, retail, etc. She is the Middle East Director of world’s leading talent research and consulting company, Universum. She is also the creator and the curator of the region’s biggest employer branding conference, People Make the Brand since 2013.
Besides her career as a researcher and consultant, she is also a keynote speaker and a columnist and her articles are published at certain national and global publications and portals. She is also the author of the book Telgraftan Tablete (From Telegram to Tablet) in which she wrote the five generations of Turkey.
She is currently commuting between Dinamo’s Toronto and Istanbul offices.
Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board, UNIVERSUM
As the Global Director, Claudia Tattanelli leads the strategic development for the Universum brand with a strong focus on business development as well as client and partnership expansion.
Previously Claudia was the CEO of Nova Global as well as CEO of Universum’s American and Asia/Pacific operations of Universum Group, which today includes the subsidiary groups of Universum Communications, Springboardr, and WetFeet. With over 15 years experience in employer branding, Claudia has extensive experience from the global recruitment scene working with many of the world’s largest companies and organizations, including a majority of the Fortune 100 firms, on their employer branding and recruitment strategies.
As a thought leader in employer branding, Claudia has been quoted in top publications around the world including Businessweek, The New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Washington Post and The Economist speaking on topics ranging from diversity and women recruitment issues to the war for recruiting and retaining top talent. She has also been featured as a guest on Fox TV, Bloomberg and CNBC’s Morning Call. Before entering the recruitment and employer branding world Claudia, who is also known as Chloe, was working at Sotheby’s N.Y. She grew up in Florence, Italy where she also attended both the faculties of Law and Philosophy at the "Universita ́degli studi di Firenze”
Vice Chairman, ECZACIBAŞI HOLDING
President, TURKEY INFORMATIC FOUNDATION
Born in Istanbul in 1954, Faruk Eczacıbaşı is a graduate of the Istanbul German Lycee and Berlin Technical University’s School of Management, where he earned his undergraduate and MBA degrees. Faruk Eczacıbaşı began his professional career in planning department of Eczacıbaşı Group in 1980. After working in the United States for several years, he came back to Turkey and undertake the position of General Manager at Padeko Pharma and Chemicals followed by Planning and Projects VP position at Eczacıbaşı Pharmaceuticals.
Faruk Eczacıbaşı lead the computerisation of Eczacıbaşı Group by serving as the Chief Executive of ‘Eczacıbaşı Information Transmission’ and managed the e-transformation process of the group.
He is the Vice Chairman of Eczacıbaşı Group since 1996. At the same time he is working at the President of Turkish Informatic Foundation, which was established in 1995 with the vision of transforming Turkey into a information society. He has helped to prepare various research reports and contributed to the shaping of public policy.
Some of these are;
• Serving at the e-Transformation Executive Board established by the e-Transformation Turkey
• Establishing jointly with the Turkish Business and Industry Association (TÜSİAD) Turkey’s first and only private sector awards for the public sector, the e-Turkey Awards.
• Participating in national efforts to align Turkey’s legislation with the EU Acquis Communautaire.
• Helping to establish Turkey’s first company providing legal and technical infrastructure for secure e-commerce and e-government.
• Working to generate public consensus in favor of EU internet standards in place of internet surveillance.
Faruk Eczacıbaşı is also President of the Eczacıbaşı Sports Club, a position he has held since 1999. Eczacıbaşı Women Voleyball Team gained World Championship twice and carried Turkey to the Most succesful country Womens World Voleyball Championship. 3 Europe, 9 Turkish League and 8 Cup League titles were earned during that time.
DR. SÜHA TAŞPOLATOĞLU
CEO, ABDİ İBRAHİM
Dr. Süha Taşpolatoğlu has been working as the CEO of Abdi İbrahim İlaç Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. since June 2013. Dr. Taşpolatoğlu, who is a graduate of Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, served as a Physician in the Ministry of Health between 1986 and 1989. He has undertaken senior level responsibilities in the sales and marketing departments of a variety of national and international pharmaceutical companies after starting out in his career in 1990.
Dr. Süha Taşpolatoğlu, who served successfully in his managerial position in the Abdi İbrahim Sales and Marketing departments between 2001 and 2009 moved up to the position of Sales and Marketing General Manager and between 2009 and 2013 worked as the General Manager of Roche Turkey. Taşpolatoğlu, who was born in Adana in 1961 is married and has two children.
Founder & Managing Partner, FUTUREBRIGHT RESEARCH
He was member of Grey Group Worldwide’s global strategy council member. He left Grey and formed FutureBright Group. Today FutureBright is among the fastest growing companies in Turkey.
The group has reached a portfolio of over 300 brands. He is a TED and Intel TechTALKS speaker. He is a multiple Golden Effie receiver. UK's Daily Telegraph has covered a story on his strategic thinking.
SPECIALIST DR. KEREM DÜNDAR
Co Founder and Managing Partner, NEURO HEALTH BRAIN EDUCATION RESEARCH and APPLICATION CENTER
After completing his medicine training in Gülhane Medical Military Academy, Uz. Dr. Dündar has done scholarship, administration, coaching and medical science in different health facilities.
In the times where he completed his specialty by making his doctorate on brain studies in GATA Biophysics, he has done experimental and clinical studies in psychiatry, neurology and psychology. He has developed many applications in acupuncture, hypnosis, family therapy, behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, sexual therapy, neurotherapy and neuro-feedback.
Combining modern medicine, traditional medicine, updated technology, therapy systems and neuroscience with the completing neuro-approach he developed, Dr. Kerem’s individual counseling number is over twenty thousand in the subjects of performance, success, happiness, psychological health and communication.
In addition to being the founder of Neuro Health Brain Education Study Application Center, he has been giving training with the companies that he cooperates and maintains to do his applications and giving individual neuroconsultancy. He does stage shows about neuroscience in institutional schools and universities.
General Manager, ADEL
Evrim was graduated from İzmir Bornova Anatolian High School and earned her BS in Management Engineering from İstanbul Technical University. She started her career as a marketing representative at Anadolu Group in 1997 right after her graduation. She has completed her executive MBA at Sabancı University in 2004, with the scholarship from Anadolu Group.
She worked in brand management, marketing, trade marketing and sales departments at Anadolu Efes for 9 years and fulfil the position of marketing director position for Russia operations for the last 2.5 years.
She is serves as the General Manager of Adel, the top of mind company when it comes to pencil and stationary, since 2012. The first Turkish executive who was elected as the president of EPMA (European Pencil Manufacturer's Association), Evrim Hizaler, was elected president for the second time in 2017.
Global Head of Strategy, UNIVERSUM
Richard Mosley is Global VP of Strategy at the global talent research and employer branding firm Universum. He is widely recognized as one of the leading world authorities on employer brand development and management. This has involved a significant focus on core values, employee engagement and culture change as well as the more externally focused dimensions of external reputation and talent attraction. His first book, ‘The Employer Brand’, has become a global best-seller, and the sequel: ‘Employer Brand Management: Practical Lessons from the World’s Best Employers’ was published in September 2014. His third book, Employer Branding for Dummies, co-writed with Lars Schmitd was published in 2017.
His thinking draws on over 25 years’ experience in both brand management and HR consulting. Richard has led major employer brand development projects for Bacardi, BP, Coca-Cola, DSM, Ferrero, GSK, HSBC, Lafarge, LEGO, L’Oreal, JTI, Met Life, Nokia-Siemens, PepsiCo, RBS, Santander and Unilever. Richard is a regular key note speaker and chairman at employer brand events around the world and lecturing at Employer Branding Academy which takes place in Turkey twice a year.
Brand & Culture Strategist, Founder of THE TAP IN TEAM
Erin intends to change the way we do business, by leading with emotional-intelligence, creative courage and collaboration. Call her a modern day hippy - she believes that strategic companies have soulful approaches. Using her proprietary brand and culture building methodology, she has spent the last 8 years shaping soulful strategies for attraction, engagement and retention. Coaching leaders and working with growing businesses, Erin helps teams build movements around their unique identity, shaping their communication strategies and tactics so they can nurture strong communities and expand their loyal markets.
Journalist, Trend Hunter
Serdar Kuzuloglu joined the world of media (his childhood ambition) in 1995. He has worked for various leading newspapers, magazines, radio and TV channels and digital platforms as a contributor in technology and trends. He was involved in creating and managing the online presence for multiple news channels. Specialised in leading original content projects through the digital marketing agency at which he is a founding partner.
He is one of the founders and lecturers at Next Academy –a digital marketing MA program - affiliated with Bilgi University. He is an investor at a restaurant chain and also in pioneering retail sales management systems.
He continues to create content relating to technology and trends as well as delivering keynote speeches on the same cutting edge topics.
Editor in Chief, HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW TURKEY
Born in 1976 in Istanbul, Serdar Turan holds B.Sc in Engineering and MBA in management. He is the co-founder of Infomag Publishing Group, one of the leading media and publishing houses in Turkey. He has actively overseen the launch and operations of Bloomberg Businessweek (2005) and Harvard Business Review (2012) magazines and still acting as Editor in Chief for both magazines.
DERYA ÖZET YALGI - FERYAL KALAFATOĞLU - KEREM ABUÇ
Derya Özet Yalgı has more than ten years of experience in developing corporate sustainability policies and strategies for both the financial and non-financial industry in Turkey.
Yalgı is working as the Manager of the Bank’s Sustainability Team which coordinates all efforts in the fields of ESG impact measurement and risk management schemes, policy and strategy development, stakeholder engagement, green finance, coordination of the implementation of environmental, social and governance measures by a variety of departments, and reporting of sustainability performance of the Bank under a range of different sustainability reporting initiatives since it’s inception in 2012.
Prior to her employment at Garanti Bank, Yalgı worked as the regional representative office head of EcoSecurities, i.e. international consulting firm based in UK and subsidiary of J.P.Morgan Chase & Co., for four years. She also worked as a consultant to World Bank Group on Turkey’s position on ongoing climate negotiations during IMF&WBG Annual Meetings in 2009.
Yalgı is a member of CPLC’s (Carbon pricing leadership coalition led by World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund) Steering Committee and chairing a variety of sustainable finance WGs of sustainable business initiatives. Yalgı is also representing Garanti Bank in UN Environment Finance Initiative’s WG to define the global principles for Responsible Banking. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and a Master’s degree in International Business Administration from Marmara University, Turkey.
Feryal Kalafatoğlu Bozkurt is a graduate of Lycée Notre Dame de Sion and Galatasary University Communication Faculty. After a brief period of working as a news journalist, she has spend 10 years in internal comms and employer branidng strategy. She strognly believes that this experiences enabled her to know the local culture in a better way and improved herself. Feryal believes that one should hug culture and be best friends with it.
Kerem Abuç was graduated from Information Systems Engineering dual diploma program run by Istanbul Technical University and Binghamton State University of New York. While he was working at Value Added Services Department in Turkcell for 2.5 years, he graduated from Bosphorus University with major M.Sc Engineering and Technology Management. He has been working in the Digital Banking business development team in Garanti Bank for six years. Currently, Kerem Abuç holds the business development manager position with the responsibilities of mobile & online banking, artificial intelligence, open banking & apis and user experience.
Co Founder, "ATÖLYE"
Kerem is a social entrepreneur, systems designer and creative strategist. Kerem obtained a dual degree in Mathematics and Environmental Economics from Wesleyan University and completed his MBA at Stanford University along with a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Design from Stanford School of Earth Sciences and Hasso Plattner Institute of Design where he also worked as a lecturer of classes around applications of design thinking in select topics and contexts. In 2012 Kerem was selected a Lightspeed Venture Partners Fellow through which he founded an agriculture software startup called Farmulate. Later on he worked at Nest around digital products and new business models around residential energy efficiency frameworks (acquired by Google in 2014). He returned to Istanbul in 2014 as the co-founder of ATÖLYE, a transdisciplinary innovation platform. He is also an adjunct professor at Bilgi University around topics including design thinking, human-centered innovation and venture design. He currently serves on the boards of ATÖLYE, imece and European Creative Hubs Network.
PROF. ÖZGÜR DEMİRTAŞ
Prof. Özgür Demirtaş placed in the top 50 at university placement exams in Turkey. He got his BS degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University in 1998. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Finance from Boston College in 2003. In the same year, he was appointed as a tenure track Assistant Professor at Baruch College, City University of New York.
In 2004, he was elected as the best instructor within the Finance Department of the college. In 2005, he was elected as the best instructor within all the departments of the business school. In 2007, he was awarded with one of the prestigious medals of the University: The Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence. He earned a tenured Associate Professor position in the same year.
In 2010, he was ranked within the top 20 list among more than one million professors evaluated by 10 million students in USA, Canada, England, and Scotland. He also taught classes at the New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business and he earned the highest evaluations in the finance department.
He published more than 30 academic articles in top leading journals. His research has been rewarded by the City University of New York for six consecutive years. In 2012, he joined Sabanci University as a Chair Professor of Finance and achieved to be Marie-Curie Research fellow.
Professor Demirtaş is also founding chairman of the Center of Excellence in Finance (CEF) at Sabanci University.